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2015-2016 Canadian Federal Budget

John Schmeiser, NAEDA’s Vice President of Canadian Government Affairs, has prepared a report for NAEDA’s Government Relations Committee concerning Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver Conservative government’s 2015-16 Budget presented in the House of Commons on April 21st. This budget can easily be called an election budget as many of the measure do not come into effect until after the next federal election; which is expected to be held this October. It will also serve as Prime Minister Harper’s platform as the election get closer. A complete copy Schmeiser’s report and analysis can be read here.

COOL lawsuit filed in U.S. court

A preliminary injunction to stop the implementation of the latest version of a country-of-origin labelling law was filed in a U.S. District Court yesterday by a coalition of North American meat processors and livestock organizations. The injunction should be considered within weeks, although there is no specific timeline, said a news release from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) releases Spring 2013 farmland values report

In 1985, FCC established a system with 245 benchmark farm properties to monitor variations in bareland values across Canada. Since 1990, the benchmark properties have been appraised semi-annually in January and July. These selected parcels represent the most prevalent classes of agriculture soil in each part of the country. Changes in value are weighted based on cultivated farmland per area.

Politics in Ottawa: It’s time to get serious

Nobody pays any attention to politics in the summer. Nothing that happened in the last two months will matter at the next federal election, two years hence, nor are the parties’ present standings in the polls precursors of anything. Yes, indeed. Unless, of course, people have been paying attention, enough to form lasting impressions of the parties and their leaders that will shape how they vote on election day.

U.S. border fee proposal to be 'vigorously' fought by Ottawa

Ottawa "will vigorously lobby against" a proposal to charge every vehicle and pedestrian a fee to enter the United States at any land border crossing, says a spokeswoman for Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.